By Nancy Hernandez, American Red Cross Volunteer
On a scenic drive along country roads that crossed both the Blanco and Guadalupe Rivers, there were plenty of visible reminders of where the mighty floods roared on Memorial Day weekend. Sight-lines along river banks are now clear where they were once hidden by plants and trees. Low water crossings have been repaired. Many Texans are starting to recover too, but many are still struggling to put their lives back together. One-hundred and thirty-two counties in Texas were impacted by the storms, and the Red Cross is continuing to assist families in need. Here in Central and South Texas, we have opened more than 700 cases to provide families with recovery support such as financial assistance, health and mental health resources, shelter, food and much more. We can only do this with the help of local businesses, community organizations and individuals. One example of such support and generosity is Joshua Creek Ranch in Boerne, Texas, which welcomed Red Cross volunteers to their beautiful ranch for the First Annual Texas Hill Country Shooting Classic and Sporting Expo.
Proprietors Joe and Ann Kercheville dedicated a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Red Cross Hill Country Chapter. This kind of generosity and community leadership is what enables the Red Cross to serve Texans when tragedy strikes.
Donations to Disaster Relief are used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. This includes the recent severe weather and nearly 70,000 other disasters we respond to every year around the country.
Thank you Joe and Ann Kercheville, and the many other local businesses who have turned out to support disaster relief. People all across Texas still need your help. Please make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.